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I'm a firm believer that you're a product of your environment. Growing up, learning, and deciphering the street-code is truly part of the hot rodding spirit. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I've had the opportunity to chop it up with a truly eclectic band of folks from all different walks of life. Be it old, young, rich, poor...arrogant or stuck up, I've met them all. In this game, it's all about street smarts and the hot rodders have it, no doubt.
As a student to the street it becomes your teacher. Although, I doubt anyone truly becomes a Scholar of them. There's always something new to learn, something new to develop. It's almost never ending. It's no wonder growing up, I found myself hanging out at local speed shops, elbow-deep in grease. It's probably the reason I got into cars and hot rodding to begin with.
Hot rodding is more than just driving a fresh whip. It's style, too. Unfortunately, there's no book to refer to. You just suck it up, and spin the wheel; hope for the best. The great thing about hot rodding? It's completely what you make of it. This industry is rich with custom builders who don't own a ton of the newest equipment, nor do they excel in any one trade. Most builds, albeit unseen or featured, come from the hands of builders in their own garages. This is my journey...
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